I keep reading articles about decluttering and home organization and then I get to it. I declutter. I organize. But my house never has that minimalist/zen look that you see in magazines. Oh wait, that’s because there is a family LIVING in it!
Take our kitchen, for example. It’s hard to keep it looking organized with a coffee maker, bread machine, microwave, juicer and toaster oven all sitting on the counter. (And don’t even get me started about all of the kid’s craft supplies that are always lying about!)
A few solutions for hiding small appliance clutter in the kitchen:
1. Sure you can put the small appliances away in a cupboard or pantry but let’s be honest, they get used every day and I’m surely not going to haul them in and out of cupboards every morning.
2. My mom’s kitchen has a built-in breadbox, complete with roll-down garage type door. This is where she hides things like bread, toaster and cutting boards. It’s good for hiding things when they aren’t in use. You could have a cabinet maker or home improvement expert build one in for you to match your cabinetry.
3. Of course, a microwave can be built into the kitchen design or you can get a microwave with a hood fan that goes over your range. That’s one less appliance on the counter.
4. Here is by far my favorite solution and if we were taking on kitchen remodeling any time soon it would be at the top of my list. I recently saw a kitchen where there were a few cabinets right down to the counter and inside those cabinets there were electrical outlets. What a brilliant thing to do! This way, your toaster or coffee maker can still be tucked away when they aren’t in use and you don’t have to move them across the kitchen to plug them in. The only downside to this is that having a cabinet coming all the way down does eat up some of your counter space.
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